Sehwag gets three in a row; Pietersen becomes fourth-fastest
By Rajneesh Gupta
Mumbai 28 April 2012
1 Delhi Daredevils batted first for the first time in eight matches in IPL 2012.
1 Delhi Daredevils became the first team in IPL 2012 to win both home and away matches against the same opponents.
2 Mahela Jayawardene and Virender Sehwag became only the second pair of openers to register individual fifties in IPL 2012 – Faf du Plessis and S Badrinath of the Chennai Super Kings had each scored fifties as openers against the Pune Warriors India in Chennai on April 19. 3 The first three batsmen – Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen – scored 50s in Delhi Daredevils’ innings. This was the first such instance in the IPL and only the fifth in all Twenty20 games. 3 Sehwag became only the third player to score three consecutive fifties in IPL 2012. Prior to this, he had scored 57 and 87* against the Pune Warriors India in back-to-back matches. Sachin Tendulkar (in IPL 2010) and Jacques Kallis (in IPL 2011) are the other two players to accomplish this feat.
4 Thisara Perera became the fourth substitute fielder to take a catch in IPL 2012 when he caught Irfan Pathan – Earlier TM Dilshan, LA Pombersbach and DJ Harris had held catches as substitute fielders. 6 The Blizzard-Tendulkar duo was the sixth opening pair employed by the Mumbai Indians in eight matches!
8 Virender Sehwag won his eighth Man-of-the-Match award. Now only Yusuf Pathan (11) and Chris Gayle (9) have won more awards than Sehwag. 15 Number of overs taken by the Delhi Daredevils to score their 150 – fastest in IPL 2012.
25 Balls taken by Kevin Pietersen to reach his fifty – fourth-fastest in IPL 2012 after Owais Shah (19), AB de Villiers (21) and JP Duminy (24)
73 Virender Sehwag’s innings is the highest by any batsman in Delhi Daredevils-Mumbai Indians contests, surpassing Sanath Jayasuriya’s 66 at this same ground in IPL 2008.
135 Runs added by Mahela Jayawardene and Virender Sehwag for the first wicket – the highest partnership for any wicket for the Delhi Daredevils against the Mumbai Indians.
142 Runs scored in boundaries alone in Delhi Daredevils’ innings – 22 fours and nine sixes – most in a team innings in IPL 2012.
273 Number of boundaries (fours & sixes) hit by Sehwag in IPL – 199 fours and 74 sixes – most by any batsman. He went ahead of Adam Gilchrist’s tally of 271 boundaries (187 fours & 84 sixes).